Fire restrictions lifted across southwest Utah, Arizona Strip

SOUTHERN UTAH – Effective Monday at 12:01 a.m., fire restrictions will be lifted on lands in southwest Utah and northern Arizona thanks to moisture brought in by the monsoon season.

“This moisture is allowing fire officials to remove fire restrictions in some areas while in other areas fire restrictions remain unchanged,” fire officials said in a statement released late Friday. “Wildfire risk still remains in areas not under restrictions.”

Fire restrictions have been lifted on all public, tribal, state and unincorporated privately owned lands located east of Interstate 15 in Beaver, Garfield, Iron and Kane counties and for all of the Arizona Strip in northwest Arizona, including National Park Service administered lands in the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument.

Visitors to these areas are asked to continue using proper containment and extinguishing methods for campfires. Discharging fireworks or incendiary devices of any kind on federal land is prohibited.

The following restrictions remain in effect for public, tribal, state and unincorporated privately owned lands in Washington County and west of I-15 in Beaver and Iron counties until further notice:

  • Setting, building, maintaining, attending or using open fire of any kind is prohibited, except for campfires and charcoal fires within agency approved fire pits and grills provided in developed recreation sites and picnic areas or at permanently improved places of habitation (contact Forestry, Fire and State Lands for further information). Devices fueled by petroleum or LPG products are allowed in all locations.
  • Smoking is prohibited, except in enclosed vehicles or buildings, developed recreation sites or cleared areas a minimum of 3 feet in diameter down to mineral soil.
  • Discharging or using any kind of fireworks, tracer ammunition or other pyrotechnic devices is prohibited.
  • Use of exploding targets that are detonated when struck by a projectile, such as a bullet, is prohibited.
  • The cutting, welding or grinding of metal in areas of dry vegetation is prohibited.

These restrictions do not apply to private lands within incorporated towns and cities. Please contact local fire agencies for any restrictions that may apply.

The Following Exceptions Apply to Zion National Park Only:

  • Watchman Campground and South Campground in Zion National Park are closed to campfires due to the abundance of highly flammable cheatgrass.

Additional Restrictions Apply to All Forest Service Administered Lands:

  • Use of exploding targets that are detonated when struck by a projectile, such as a bullet, is restricted.

No fire restrictions are in effect in Sanpete, Wayne, Piute or Sevier Counties.

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